White man pleads guilty to shooting three black men attempting to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who shot and wounded three black men, trying to reach safety after Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago pled guilty on Wednesday to a hate crime in New Orleans U.S. District Court. Roland Bourgeois, Jr., 55, was indicted in 2010 but he pled not guilty in legal proceedings that dragged on for[Read More…]

Black jobless rate was 6.0 percent in September; Overall unemployment was 3.7 percent

September’s unemployment rate for black men and black women was 6.0 percent as the nation’s nonfarm businesses added 134,000 jobs overall and the unemployment rate dropped to  3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969. The overall jobless rate for blacks a year earlier was 6.8 percent. The jobless rate for black men 20 and older was 5.8 percent, down from 6.5[Read More…]

Ken Smikle, founder of Target Market News, is dead

A celebration of life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 22 in Chicago for Ken Smikle, an entrepreneur with a great vision. The 66-year-old Smikle died last week from congestive heart failure. He founded and was the publisher of Target Market News, a trade publication that reported on the black consumer market. As founder and editor of Target Market[Read More…]

Police arrest gunman who killed a black man, claiming he was standing his ground

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Michael Drejka shot to death Markeis  McGlockton  on July 19 after he shoved Drejka to the ground following an argument in a  Clearwater, Florida, parking lot.As he lay on the ground, the 48-year-old Drejka pulled a pistol from his pocket and shot McClockton as he backed away, according to surveillance footage. The 28-year-old McGlockton,[Read More…]

Blacks urged to buy guns and vote

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Black men and women are being encouraged to arm themselves–a 180-degree turnaround from the turn the other cheek teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.— following the recent random murders by white men of Nia Wilson in California and Markeis McGlockton in Florida. In the case of McGlockton, the father of three,  law enforcement officials[Read More…]

Living while black, or what innocuous thing did I do to get whites to call police with their guns drawn? Nothing. Being black is enough

By Frederick H. Lowe First, we heard about San Francisco police storming a black business owner opening the door of his store after a neighbor called police and claimed he was breaking into a building that housed his company. Police swooped in on Viktor Stevenson, owner of Gourmonade, a gourmet lemonade business located in a gentrifying San Francisco neighborhood.[Read More…]

Editor named of university press series concerning black men and boys

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Tommy Curry, professor of philosophy and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University, has been named editor of the first-ever university press book series focused on studies of black and racialized males. Curry, author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre and The Dilemmas of Black Manhood,” has called for creation of an interdisciplinary field of[Read More…]